10 reasons why you should be heading to Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers,Kilifi, on your next trip.

“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be” These are the famous words of David Wolfe.

Distant Relatives is home away from home. I spent one of my holidays there and I can strongly recommend it to anyone looking for  a place to visit in Kilifi.

Here are my ten reasons why you should be on your way there already!

1. Accommodation

They have a wide array of accommodation to choose from depending on your budget. My favorite of course being the tent.It has a capacity of two. They will charge you slightly over a thousand shillings per person sharing for a night.

2. Environmentally Friendly.

The Cape Town Declaration of 2002 defines responsible tourism as making better places for people to live in and better places to visit.It pushes for tour operators and other stake holders to take action and make tourism more sustainable.Distant relatives has by all means walked and talked the gospel of the responsible tourism. So if you are keen on environmental conservation then you will have a field day there because almost everything is recycled. From the tumblers used at the bar, to the manure used at the farm.

It is also the only place in the world that you can find Viceroy old liqueur  growing on trees! lol

Viceroy growing on a tree...well you wish..
Viceroy growing on a tree…you wish..

Just on your way to the farm, is a common shower inside a tiny bamboo forest. You can occasionally see tiny frogs and other harmless reptiles as you enjoy your showers under the bamboo canopy. The water is then recycled for farm use!

3. Meet the world.

Visitors at the Eco Lodge come from all corners of the world as observed.Listen to music from different countries, have a good laugh and learn from the different cultures represented here. All you need is a rapport with people you are genuinely interested in learning from.

I tend to think if a good number of young people took time to travel and understand different cultures, perhaps half of the world problems caused by ignorance and in-exposure can been solved. As Mahatma Gandhi said…”Travel is the language of peace.”

friends and cultural exchange

4. Chill and enjoy your ‘you’ time.

If there is one thing I totally appreciated about distant relatives is the space and the interior decor. It is so natural, laid back and inviting. You can have a quick afternoon nap, read a book, lazy in a pod or just relax and enjoy the cool music in the background.


chill lounge

5. Discover your talent or lack of.

It is one thing to know that you can not play the guitar, darts or even pool then, it is another thing to have it confirmed by trying and failing horribly…

At distant relatives, you are sure to spend your afternoon perfecting your skills in these and other games or just having a good time as you learn or compete with other travelers.

One of the ways of spending time while at the backpackers.

Try out foosball.
Try out Foosball.

6.Go on a fishing trip with local fishermen.

Red snapper caught during the fishing trip.
Red snapper caught during the fishing trip.


Isn’t that what everybody who visits the back packers does? Coast is generally hot, and naturally, the body will try to regulate it’s temperature back to normal. This leaves swimming as the most viable idea.

Swim, swim and swim.

8.Party inside the Musafir.

I am meant to understand there is a story behind Musafir the dhow… luckily during my stay at Distant Relatives,I was privileged to go to a party held in the Musafir deep inside the creek at night.. Ha ha ha talk of culture shock with all this foreign music and dancing styles! Were it not for Bob Nesta Marley’s Redemption song and get up,stand up, I would have completely floated. . but as I always say, we travel to learn and appreciate our differences.



Enjoy the best view of the magical sunset as sip you favorite drink!


10.Pizza Friday!

The delicious hand made pizza,that is well cooked in a wood-fired oven,boasts of its thin crust coupled with generous toppings making  Fridays at Distant Relatives a day worth looking forward to.

See the topping?
See the topping?

Other things to do…

Go to the beach.

Visit the beach any time of the day or night!


Last but not least…


Shop at their boutique for unique African wear and a host of other stuff. If you want to buy your friends and family gifts, this is the perfect place to.

Gift shop!
Gift shop!






38 thoughts on “10 reasons why you should be heading to Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers,Kilifi, on your next trip.

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    Anonymous - May 28, 2016


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      Bonita - May 29, 2016


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    Asia - May 28, 2016

    Wow!! Magical!?

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Hey Asia, thank you!??

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    kelvin - May 28, 2016

    always fun reading,,,very detailed,, definitely heading here sometime ….

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Hey,Kelvin. Thank you so much.Let me know how it goes when you visit!

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    Sylvia Achieng' - May 28, 2016

    Well said..a great piece…

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Thanks Sylvia.?

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    Anonymous - May 28, 2016

    Is that some heaven on earth?awesome looking forward to visiting soon

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    antony kuria - May 28, 2016

    Is that some heaven on earth?awesome looking forward to visiting soon

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Hey Anthony, the place is very well taken care of. You should go see for yourself ?. Let me know how it goes.

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    Myra - May 28, 2016

    I want to go back ?!

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      We should go back Miss Bebz.

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    Katy Anyango - May 28, 2016

    Lovely! I am so going there!!!

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Katy! I know you are already on your way to the coast. Let me know when you go to Kilifi.?

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    Sheila Tanui - May 28, 2016

    That’s awesome and quite a reasonable price,I can’t wait to experience this.

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      Bonita - May 29, 2016

      Hey Sheila…thanks for stopping by again! It is a nice place to visit.Let me know when you go.??

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    Eva - June 4, 2016

    Bonita, it’s not that I “might also like it”, it’s that I most definitely love it! This is just my kind of getaway! Thanks for posting this! I love the campy vyb and the emphasis on outdoorsy activities! Awesomeness! !!!+

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      Anonymous - June 5, 2016

      Eva! Maybe you should tag me again when you decide to go. Hehehe its the complete getaway!

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        Bonita - June 19, 2016

        I definitely will. Let’s plan and go…

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    La mayor de las islas baleares es uno de los mejores lugares
    del Mediterráneo para la navegación ribereña, gracias a sus aguas sosegadas,
    temperaturas templadas y sus más de 550 quilómetros de costa que se pueden recorrer en barco.

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    […] She went ahead to say how she found the blog useful especially a blog post I wrote about Kilifi and Distant Relatives, as they say, the rest is […]

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    Sassy - October 5, 2016

    Looks like such an amazing trip! ..and that pizza looks so scrumptious! <3

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    The Toronto Seoulcialite - October 5, 2016

    The shopping, food, and sunsets would have me pretty pumped! I think that’s hilarious that you have booze “growing on trees”. I’m sure you’ll find you have a great artistic talent (uhhh…come on, writing and photography, for starters!).

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    Sara - I do what I want to - October 5, 2016

    I love it! NExt time we go to Kenya we’ll stop there. We found something similar in Malawi though, two places actually Butterfly Space and Mayoka Village which also work with the communities and all these by the wonderful lake, have you ever been in that area?

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      Bonita - October 6, 2016

      Hey Sara, unfortunately no… But will look it up and probably try it.I love backpackers so much! Let me know when you plan to come. Might show you around.

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    Anita - October 5, 2016

    It looks like an amazing experience. I especially loved pictures of sunsets. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bonita - October 6, 2016

      Thanks Anita. This place experiences the best sunsets!

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    Anisa - October 5, 2016

    Meeting people from all over is definitely one of my favorite parts of traveling and pizza is always good too. Sounds like a great place.

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      Bonita - October 6, 2016

      This is the one place you will always meet new people who are also looking to meet new people.Their pizza is definitely a must try!

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    Stephanie - October 5, 2016

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time. Beach, sunset, swimming, fishing with the locals, that party boat. Definitely a place to ad to my bucket list.

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      Bonita - October 6, 2016

      Hey Stephanie. I am excited you have considered putting it in your bucket list. Best place to be!

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    Rosi C. - October 5, 2016

    It’s always a good thing to find a place where you can do all those things especially meet new friends and develop a new talent. cool experience and pics. 🙂

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      Bonita - October 6, 2016

      You are right Rosi! When searching for places to go to, the first thing I try to establish is “top things to do when you visit X”

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    Soumya Nambiar - October 5, 2016

    Looks like you had an amazing time. Eco friendly places are definitely the best. And you partied on a boat looking like that? Awesome.

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    Bonita - October 5, 2016

    Yes Soumya ?…How is one supposed to look like for a boat party? ??! Thanks…

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    Kristina Caetano - October 6, 2016

    Oh wow…it appears you definitely enjoyed yourself! I’d love to do something like this.

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    Melai - October 6, 2016

    Wonderful! It looks like an authentic local experience and not touristy. #3 alone is a big reason to go. Thanks for sharing!

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